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Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class
Earle H. Biddle, Jr.
Class of 2014

Medal of Honor

United States Navy

Silver Star Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity against the enemy while serving as a Hospital Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 14 May 1945. The rifle platoon to which Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class Biddle was attached was engaged in an extremely bitter fire fight when two men were severely wounded by fire from an enemy machine gun. One of the men attempted to crawl to safety but was hit again by fire from the enemy. Despite warnings of his comrades, he left his covered position and ran forward into the line of hostile fire to administer first aid to the wounded men. After bandaging the first man’s wounds, he dragged him to a position of temporary safety. Once more he went forward into the face of machine gun and sniper fire to treat the second wounded man, but he was seriously wounded before he could get to him. Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class Biddle’s outstanding courage, complete disregard for his own safety, and heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


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